Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 9 April, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be talking about the curious portion of Middleton (or is it Manchester?) that is Langley.

I say ‘curious’, because Langley’s history is often misunderstood. In fact, you would be forgiven for thinking that it had no history until the building of a large council estate in the 1950s. But on Tuesday’s show, I’m going to look right back to the medieval beginnings of the Langley Estate, through various changes in ownership, to its redevelopment as an overspill estate for Manchester Corporation (that’s right, Manchester Corporation) in the 1950s.

The Langley Estate sits in between Bowlee and Middleton, and for many centuries was connected to various landed Middleton families. It is now included as part of Middleton, which is in turn part of Rochdale Metropolitan Borough. However, from the 50s to the 70s, Langley Estate was a Manchester Corporation housing estate. On this week’s show, I’ll be discussing how (and why) that happened, and how that fits into the bigger picture of Langley’s curious history.

As well as this little look at Langley, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers.

Catch the show on Tuesday at 12 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

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